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Current Job dates:

Currently recruiting for jobs that start between June 8th, 2024 and August 12th, 2024.

  • Camp Photographer

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $3,000.00 - $3,500.00 / season

    Camp Chewonki is seeking self-motivated, energetic individuals, with proven photography skills, to fulfill the Camp Photographer positions. 

    • Location: Wiscasset, Maine (On Campus, in-person)

    • Schedule/ 2024 Dates: June 12, 2024 - August 11, 2024

    • Reports to: Program Head and works in collaboration with VP of Marketing and Technology

    Position Summary:

    The Camp Photographer is responsible for capturing all of the various aspects of a Camp Chewonki experience. This position requires a self-motivated, energetic individual with proven photography skills, excellent time management skills, and a willingness to work with a team. This person will create and maintain a rich and complete photo library of the camp experience that provides parents with visual updates of their child’s summer and promotional material for marketing and recruiting purposes. The Camp Photographer is expected to live on campus for the duration of the camp season, participate fully in the camp community, and should have a passion for working with kids.

    Key Duties: 

    • Complete daily photography assignments around camp and on occasional day trips off-site (~4-6 hours per day).

    • Curate Camp Chewonki Meta Business postings (facebook and instagram) under guidance from Camp Director.

    • Edit photo sets and upload curated photos sets to Chewonki storage sites.

    • Ad-hoc support to other camp activities as needed after primary photography assignments are done for the day (assigned by the program director).

    • Rotating assignments to help with support staff duties (i.e. - table setting in the dining hall). 

    • Practice professional presentation and communication with participants and their families, co-workers, and the public.

    • Complete all necessary paperwork, i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports.

    • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp.

    • Community Responsibilities:

      • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization.

      • A willingness to work as a team member among the Camp Program and the greater Chewonki community.

      • Work on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community. 

      • Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events.

      • Share the collective responsibility within risk management (physical, behavioral, institutional, etc.) by:

    • Using sound judgment

    • Operating within your skill set and Chewonki protocols

    • Responding to and/ or alerting the appropriate person(s) when you see something that may compromise safety

    • Fulfill other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS
     

    • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.

    • 2+ years of experience with outdoor/adventure photography required.

    • Experienced with Google Suite (Drive, Photos, Docs, Sheets).

    • Experienced with photo editing software (Photoshop, Lightbox or similar).

    • Technical photography skills, including editing and publishing.

    • Interpersonal and collaborative approach to work with a co-photographer.

    • Ability to be self-directed and manage your own work schedule.

    • Risk Management minded.

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be able to lift up to 30 lb at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.

    • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time.

  • Summer Farm Worker on Education-Focused Farm

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $333.00 / week

    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

    Summer Farm Workers support the overall farm operations at Chewonki, including garden and pasture management and animal husbandry. Summer Farm Workers help to integrate summer Camp Chewonki participants into the daily functions of the farm.   

    THE CHEWONKI FARM

    The Chewonki Farm, on Chewonki’s Wiscasset property, is a small and diversified saltmarsh farm; its primary goal is to educate program participants while producing food, firewood, and fiber for our campus community. There are approximately 26 acres of open land; one acre is cultivated for vegetable gardens, and 25 acres are pasture and hay fields. The managed woodlot is approximately 150 acres. We raise livestock for meat, eggs, and fiber. The farm keeps a small herd of beef cows and a flock breeding ewes that produces lambs for meat each spring. We raise around 100 laying hens, up to four hundred broilers and 12 turkeys are pasture-pen raised in the late summer/fall. One to two batches of two to eight pigs are raised annually for meat.

    Education is central to Chewonki’s mission statement and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement: any individual that works on the farm must consider themselves a teacher as well as a farmer. Because our working farm is the context for our education rather than a traditional classroom setting, the farm crew needs to be comfortable and adept with teaching as they work alongside students and program staff. Education about farm and food systems happens both formally and informally at Chewonki and may be grounded in a work experience, a classroom experience, and/or a food preparation and dining experience. 

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    Summer Farm Workers: 

    • Help with tasks necessary for the production of crops and care of livestock

    • Help with maintenance and care of pasture and harvesting of hay

    • During the Camp Chewonki season, integrate campers into various work projects and tasks on the farm.

    PREREQUISITES/REQUISITES:

    • Must pass a criminal background check.

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions (in person).

    • Must be at least 17 years of age.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Interest in education-based, diversified farming. 

    • Ability to work long hours in a physically demanding setting.

    • Good communication skills.

    • Willingness to responsibly live and work in a small community.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    IMPORTANT DATES AND COMPENSATION:

    Arrive at Chewonki: Sunday, June 2

    Orientation: Monday, June 3rd

    Last day of work: Friday, August 16 

    Move out deadline: Sunday, August 18 

    The salary for this position is $333 per week. 

    Incentives include: travel stipend, room & board (shared housing with other Summer Farm Workers), and a $200 Refer-a-Friend bonus. 

    Full Job Description and Application Here

  • Campus Head / Assistant Director

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $7,000.00 / season

    Camp Chewonki is one of Maine's most prestigious nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Since 1915, Chewonki has been changing the lives of children and staff- including yours! Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building social emotional skills and knowledge in a core curriculum (including natural history, farm sciences, watercraft, the arts, and more!) and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips.

    Camp Chewonki Campus Head is responsible for supporting campers and cabin staff and facilitating the creation of a campus wide community.

    • Location: Wiscasset, Maine (On Campus, in-person)

    • Schedule: June 1, 2024 - August 13, 2024

    • Reports to: Associate Camp Director(s)

    • Direct Reports: Age Group Coordinators

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Campus Head directly manages the Age Group Coordinators (3) and provides guidance and support to all cabin staff. The Campus Head strives to personally know as many campers as possible and work as the primary liaison on the Director Team to manage camper needs. The Campus Head expected to support the growth and development of all cabin counselors/Age Group Coordinator staff in attaining their personal best as an educator, caretaker, and employee.

    Camp Chewonki is a nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children. Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 11 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, learning skills and knowledge in a core curriculum, and experiencing backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips. Participants in our Leadership Expeditions are aged 14-18 and spend 3 weeks or 5 weeks learning leadership skills, remote travel, and a robust sense of self. 

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Supervise and manage Age Group Coordinators including;

      • Conducting regular check-ins and providing guidance and support as needed.

      • Complete and deliver formal evaluations of Age Group Coordinators.

      • Act as the next level of intervention for staff and camper issues.

    • Support camper experience through building relationships with campers, providing behavior intervention and conflict resolution, as needed. 

    • Communicate with camper families as needed.

    • Manage period off schedules and coverage liaising with the Generalist Coordinator to schedule Generalist support. 

    • Act as Camp Leadership during Director time off, provide operational support as needed.

    • Maintain essential duties as member of the Camp Leadership team: 

      • Meet with other Coordinator Team members and Director team to discuss and address camp concerns.

      • Participate in Leader of the Day (LoD) rotation to ensure camp schedule runs smoothly.

      • Coordinate with Mental Health staff to ensure camper needs are met. 

    • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:

      • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants.

      • Assist cabin counselors with a daily check-in process for participants needing additional support.

      • Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned.

    • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp.

    • Community Responsibilities

      • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization.

      • A willingness to work as a team member among the Camp Program and the greater Chewonki community.

      • Work on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community

      • Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events.

      • Share the collective responsibility within risk management (physical, behavioral, institutional, etc.) by:

    • Using sound judgment

    • Operating within your skill set and Chewonki protocols

    • Responding to and/ or alerting the appropriate person(s) when you see something that may compromise safety

    • Fulfill all other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • At least 21 years old.

    • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.

    • This position is eligible for a stipend for driving responsibilities if the following qualifications are met:

      • Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier, must attend Driver’s Training. 

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.

    • Experience working in camp, or similar educational spaces.

    • Experience supervising or managing others.

    • Experience with conflict resolution, preferred.

    • Wilderness First Aid strongly preferred (certification offered by Chewonki)

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be able to lift up to 30 lb at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.

    • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time.

    SALARY & BENEFITS

    Starting Salary: $7,000

    • Incentives: travel stipend, Room & Board, refer-a-friend $200 bonus, potential Wilderness First Aid Certificate (starts June 6th)

  • Age Group Coordinator

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $5,100.00 / season

    Camp Chewonki is one of Maine's most prestigious nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Since 1915, Chewonki has been changing the lives of children and staff- including yours! Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building social emotional skills and knowledge in a core curriculum (including natural history, farm sciences, watercraft, the arts, and more!) and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips.

    Camp Chewonki Age Group Coordinators are responsible for supporting campers and cabin staff, and facilitating the creation of a campwide community. 

    • Location: Wiscasset, Maine (On Campus, in-person)

    • Schedule/ 2024 Dates: June 8, 2024 - August 12, 2024

    • Reports to: Campus Head & Camp Director

    • Direct Reports: Cabin Counselors

    POSITION SUMMARY

    Age Group Coordinators strive to personally know as many campers as possible and work as the primary liaison on the Coordinator Team to manage camper needs in their assigned age groups. There are three Age Group Coordinators per camp and each oversees 4-7 cabins: Puffins are grades 2 & 3, Owls are grades 4 & 5, Heron/Osprey are grades 6, 7 & 8. Age Group Coordinators directly supervise and serve as mentors to Cabin Counselors, providing support for nearly all aspects of their jobs. The Age Group Coordinators are expected to support the growth and development of all staff in attaining their personal best as an educator, caretaker, and employee.

    Puffin Age Group Coordinators- Dates for the Age Group Coordinator supporting the 2nd & 3rd grade age group, Puffins, are June 8th-August 1st, 2024. The Puffin program ends July 30th. Salary is prorated from base rate below.  

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Supervise and manage cabin counselors including;

      • Conducting regular check-ins with cabin counselors and provide guidance and support as needed

      • Complete and deliver formal evaluations of cabin staff

      • Provide period off coverage support

    • Support camper experience through building relationships with campers, providing behavior intervention and conflict resolution, as needed 

    • Plan and execute age group evening activities, with support of Operations Coordinator

    • Maintain essential duties as member of the Coordinator team 

      • Meet with other Coordinator Team members to discuss and address camp concerns; 

      • Participate in Leader of the Day (LoD) rotation to ensure camp schedule runs smoothly

    • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:

      • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants.

      • Assist cabin leaders with a daily check-in process for participants needing additional support.

      • Manage risk and maintain the safety of participants.

      • Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned.

    • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp.

    • Community Responsibilities:

      • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization.

      • A willingness to work as a team member among the Camp Program and the greater Chewonki community.

      • Work on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community. 

      • Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events.

      • Share the collective responsibility within risk management (physical, behavioral, institutional, etc.) by:

    • Using sound judgment

    • Operating within your skill set and Chewonki protocols

    • Responding to and/ or alerting the appropriate person(s) when you see something that may compromise safety

    • Fulfill other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.

    • Experience working in camp/ educational spaces, preferred.

    • Experience supervising or managing others, preferred.

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.

    • Wilderness First Aid required (certification offered by Chewonki)

    • This position is eligible for a stipend for driving responsibilities if the following qualifications are met:

      • At Least 21 years old (to drive participants).

      • Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier, must attend Driver’s Training. 

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be able to lift up to 30 lb at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.

    • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time.

    SALARY & BENEFITS

    Starting Salary: $5,100, increases based on prior leadership experience

    • Incentives: travel stipend, Room & Board, refer-a-friend $200 bonus, Wilderness First Aid Certification (starts June 6th) 

  • Generalist Counselor

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $3,000.00 / season

    Camp Chewonki is one of Maine's most prestigious nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Since 1915, Chewonki has been changing the lives of children and staff- including yours! Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building social emotional skills and knowledge in a core curriculum (including natural history, farm sciences, watercraft, the arts, and more!) and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips.

    Camp Chewonki Generalist Counselors role includes working with various age groups and activity areas. Ideal candidates will have previous experience working with children in group settings, interest in wearing many different hats at camp, and be self directed and eager to jump in where needed. 

    • Location: Wiscasset, Maine (On Campus, in-person)

    • Schedule/ 2024 Dates: June 12, 2024 - August 11, 2024

    • Reports to: Generalist Coordinator

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The primary purpose of the Generalist role is to provide support and coverage to cabins to supplement the care of their cabin counselors, which may include stepping in as a cabin counselor if the original counselor is unable to continue, or accompanying a cabin on a trip. In this capacity,  they help campers adjust to camp life, develop community with their cabinmates, navigate the daily schedule, and develop the skills to be successful anywhere. Generalist Counselors are expected to be flexible and to be comfortable with a schedule that will change day-to-day, and even throughout the day as cabin needs emerge. 

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:

      • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants.

      • Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned.

    • Support in the planning and facilitating of special events (e.g. evening events, weekly events, once a session events, off-campus day trips) as directed by the Generalist Coordinator.

    • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp.

    • Lifeguard, if applicable.

    • Community Responsibilities:

      • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization.

      • A willingness to work as a team member among the Camp Program and the greater Chewonki community.

      • Work on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community. 

      • Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events.

      • Share the collective responsibility within risk management (physical, behavioral, institutional, etc.) by:

    • Using sound judgment

    • Operating within your skill set and Chewonki protocols

    • Responding to and/ or alerting the appropriate person(s) when you see something that may compromise safety

    • Fullfull other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.

    • Experience working with children in a camp-like setting.

    • Experience working in educational spaces, preferred.

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.

    • This position is eligible for a stipend for driving responsibilities if the following qualifications are met:

      • Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier, must attend Driver’s Training. 

    • Current Lifeguard Certification, preferred (offered by Chewonki).

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be able to lift up to 30 lb at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.

    • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time.

    SALARY & BENEFITS

    Starting Salary: $3000, increases based on prior leadership experience

    • Incentives: travel stipend, room & board, $200 Refer-a-Friend bonus, potential Lifeguard Certification course, academic internship credit possible.

  • Watercraft Activity Instructor

    Camp Chewonki
    Wiscasset
    $3,000.00 - $3,500.00 / season

    Dates: June 8 - August 11, 2024

    Reports to: Activity Coordinator

    Benefits:

    Starting salary: $3,000, plus opportunities for bonuses with experience and certifications. Bring a friend and receive a bonus for that, too!

    You can earn academic internship credit for this position! Our camp fosters an excellent work experience and fulfills most school's internship requirements. We will build out a set of individualized learning objectives and specific goals for you to achieve throughout the summer. Our Directors will be happy to tailor these objectives individually to your course or Major of study!

    Who we are:

    Camp Chewonki is one of Maine's most prestigious nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Since 1915, Chewonki has been changing the lives of children and staff- including yours! Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building social emotional skills and knowledge in a core curriculum (including natural history, farm sciences, watercraft, the arts, and more!) and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips.

    Who you are:

    Camp Chewonki Counselors are kind, empathetic, thoughtful, and fun adults who are responsible for caring for the health and well-being of all campers for the summer. They help campers adjust to camp life, build community, and develop the skills to be successful anywhere. Ideal candidates will have a passion for working with children, spending time in the outdoors, and a dedication to lifelong learning.

    What you’ll do:

    Watercraft Activity Counselors are responsible for preparing and facilitating lessons and keeping activity equipment and areas safe and well-maintained, teaching campers discipline-specific skills in partnership with the Outdoor Programs Department. Trip Leaders are responsible for preparing campers in the watercraft skills needed for trip, while the Watercraft Activity Counselor focuses on offering Watercraft as an optional activity, outside of that required for trip. 

    While the Watercraft Activity Counselors’ primary responsibility is watercraft instruction, camp provides a dynamic workplace environment that requires creativity, flexibility and a team player approach. When not teaching or preparing their activity area, Watercraft Activity Counselors are expected to support cabin coverage and work with other staff in the planning and execution of camp-wide initiatives such as evening programs, special events, and off-campus day trips. Watercraft Activity Counselors will be assigned age groups to directly support outside of activity work. 

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Must complete fingerprinting requirements/pass criminal background check.

    • Hold a valid driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier, preferred.

    • Experience working in watercraft activity area and hold relevant certification such as those from American Canoe Association or the American Red Cross Small Craft Safety

    • Experience working in educational spaces, preferred.

    • Current Wilderness First Aid Certification required (Chewonki will offer course prior to camp season).

    • Current Lifeguard Certification, required (offered by Chewonki).

    • Attend required onboarding and training sessions.

    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lb at a time.

    • Must be able to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.

    • Able to participate in games, sports, and physical activities including water-based games and activities.

    • Able to maintain attention and a high level of energy or excitement for extended periods of time

How to Apply

Candidates should submit applications through the link provided, and can expect to hear from one of the directors within one week of submitting an application. 


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